22 May '13, 9pm
How to License Music for Your Videos
What do the Beastie Boys, Vanilla Ice and Johnny Cash have in common? They were all accused of copyright infringement. What this means can be seen in the case of Vanilla Ice quite clearly. For his song “Ice Ice Baby” he adopted the melody of Queens and David Bowies “Under Pressure” almost identically, without having the legal usage rights to it. (Here’s the comparison of the songs on YouTube). Since the infringement was quite obvious, Vanilla Ice had to pay a significant amount of money to the creators. Clearly this isn’t the way that music licensing normally works. That’s why this blog post wants to help you prevent such a disaster from happening by teaching you the basics about music licensing. Because it really isn’t rocket science! When do I have to license a song? Let’s start with a little example: Imagine you’re making a video about your holidays and the only thing m...